I’ve done it. I preordered Lord of the Rings Online today from Amazon. So, in a few days it will be winging it’s way across the deep blue sea.
Everything I’ve been reading about LotRO indicates that this game is going to be a big seller. I’ve seen articles from news and blog sites that talk about the excitement that is running through the MMO community as LotRO nears its release on the 24th of April. I’ve even wondered if it will be a WoW killer.
I suspect not, because a lot of players will be reluctant to leave a game where they have built up their characters, and have formed relationships with other players. And, very importantly, I haven’t seen much of the sort of babble where disgruntled players are saying, "When xyz comes out…" or "I’m just waiting for abc…" Aside from the usual nerf and I’ve been nerfed comments on forums, everyone appears reasonably gruntled.
Still Lord of the Rings is a huge licence with a lot of popularity. I think that after over two years of WoW, some players will be interested in having a look at something a bit different. LotRO with its widespread appeal and a very clean beta with lots of positive reports, will pick up quite a few players from WoW. I also suspect that the next couple of years will be an interesting time for Blizzard as more and more MMOs will be released. Will World of Warcraft keep growing its subscriber base, or will people want to move on to other different games?
Time will tell.